Lent and Ash Wednesday are NOT pagan relics (a rerun)

Time to rerun a post from last year:

Pastor Joseph Abrahamson dismantles the myth that Lent and its practices have pagan origins. An excerpt from his longer post on the subject:

The ancient Church chose to keep a fast during the forty days before Passover/Easter to focus on repentance and the gift of the Resurrection at Easter. St. Athanasius, who led at the Council of Nicea to defeat Arianism—a denial of Christ being truly God and man in one person—was a bishop in Alexandria, Egypt. He wrote annual Festival letters to the Church as they prepared to celebrate Easter. In the year 331 he wrote in order to encourage his congregations in Egypt to keep the Lenten fast for 40 days. Athanasius directs the readers to many Scriptural examples and exhortations to moderation, self-control, and fasting for repentance. Athanasius gives several Bible examples of the 40 day fast, especially of Christ’s 40 day fast, after which Athanasius wrote: [Read more...]

Presidents’ Day blues

So is it healthy in a democratic republic to have a Presidents’ Day but not a Congress Day or a Supreme Court Day?  Is our preoccupation with chief executives as heads of state–as well as the assumption of many that if we just get a good one, he or she will solve our problems–an atavistic throw-back to monarchy?  Rome ditched its Republic for the more efficient, more powerful political system headed by an Emperor.   Can you see America ever doing the same?

If you have more happy and inspiring thoughts about the Presidents’ Day, please post them here, along with arguments about who was the best president, who were good ones and who were bad ones, and the current prospects for the office.

“Oppressive chocolate capitalists” from “the romantic industrial complex”

Japanese protesters will hold a march in Tokyo against St. Valentine’s Day, contending that it is a plot by “oppressive chocolate capitalists” from “the romantic industrial complex.”  The organizers are a group that calls itself the Revolutionary Alliance of Men that Women Find Unattractive.  The contention is that, following Marxist analysis, romantic attractiveness is a function of class oppression.

I know, I know, it sounds bogus, or at least tongue in cheek.  But the group is being covered as legitimate by the Washington Post and Japanese media. [Read more...]

The Conversion of St. Paul and other anti-Christians

Last Sunday was the day the Church commemorates the conversion of St. Paul.  Which reminds us that God can potentially break in upon anyone, including those who, like Saul of Tarsus, are most opposed to the Christian faith. [Read more...]

Martin Luther King, Jr., on Vocation

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, I offer you something he said about vocation:

If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.

via Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes, Page 2.

The offering Christ wants from us

The Wise Men gave Christ gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.  What gift do you think Christ most wants from you?  Pastor Douthwaite in his Epiphany sermon said that the offering Christ most wants from us is our sins. [Read more...]


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